Naperville City Band set to ring in 2021


For the first time since August 2019, the Naperville Municipal Band is hosting its Summer Concert Series.

Municipal band theme nights

The 11-week concert series begins June 10 at 7:30 p.m. and runs every Thursday, with theme nights scheduled for at least the first four concerts. The first will be, appropriately, “Strike Up the Band”, followed by “Anniversaries and Memories”. The third show will be a jazz concert. The fourth concert on July 1 will be the annual patriotic theme, completed by the 1812 Overture and the canons.

Band manager Ron Keller said these early gigs will likely be shorter, around an hour, to allow the musicians to rebuild their skills after not practicing for nearly two years. Rehearsals begin May 3.

The last concert of the season, August 19, will be a joint concert between the municipal band and the jazz band.

memorial day music

But music lovers will have the chance to see the municipal group before their first concert. On Memorial Day, the band plans a short parade down Jackson Street before playing Dandelion Fountain and Shanower Memorial. The veterans accompanying the marching band will then visit other city landmarks while the municipal marching band returns to the marching band shell where it will play until noon.

COVID safety protocol

Regarding COVID-19 safety precautions, Keller said the group plans to follow the latest health and safety guidelines. He said he was encouraged yesterday by the news that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks when in small groups outdoors. The CDC still recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks at large gatherings like concerts and sporting events.

Keller also said the audience benches will be further apart. Some band members have special masks that allow them to play while wearing them. He said around 75-80% of the band members are ready to return, although a few are still taking precautions.

Reporting by Casey Krajewski of Naperville News 17.


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